Jets Sweep Cross Country Meets
The Encinal men’s and women’s cross country teams won their respective meets at the West Alameda County Conference Shoreline event Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event was held at Crab Cove.
The men’s team beat out Arroyo of San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden of Hayward, Hayward and San Lorenzo on way to victory. Senior Luis Booth finished the 5,000-meter race in third place with a time of 18:52. Junior Michael Chen finished in fifth place with a time of 19:03.
Encinal female runner Shelby Nelson competed in the varsity men’s event. She completed the distance in 19:10 — a personal record in 5,000-meter races — good for seventh place. Her time was discarded from the overall team score, even though she finished in seventh place. The Jets scored a 45 in the race — the team with the lowest score wins. Arroyo was close behind with a score of 49. In all, 77 runners participated in the men’s event.
The women’s team was even more impressive than the men. Junior Rebecca Stiling came in first place with a time of 22:28. Freshman Alia Owens held down the second place spot with a time of 22:47. Sophomore Marlene Delgado rounded out the top three with a time of 23:27.
The Jets finished with a score of 17. The second-place team was Arroyo with a score of 56. Thirty-nine athletes participated in the women’s meet.